Ōtori Shrine (大鳥大社, Ōtori Taisha) is a Shinto shrine located in Nishi-ku, Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. It is the ichinomiya of former Izumi Province. The shrine's main festival is held annually on August 13. The shrine has been called variously as Ōtori-daimyōjin (大鳥大明神) or Ōtori-no-Ōmiya (大鳥大神宮) in the past. Although Ōtori Jinja (大鳥神社) is the correct name, “Ōtori Taisha” has gained widespread popular acceptance. According to the shrine's legend, its foundation has strong connections with the Yamato Takeru mythology. According to the Kojiki and the Nihon Shoki, as the folk hero Yamato Takeru was returning home after his conquests in eastern Japan, he feel ill after blasphemy against the deity of Mount Ibuki and died in Ise Province. However, after he was buried in a burial mound, a white heron emerged from the tomb and flew westward. It stopped at two places (and kofun were built at each location) before disappearing to the heavens. However, per the legend of this shrine, the white heron made one final stop at the Chigusa-no-mori (千種森), a forest in Izumi Province, where this shrine was later built. More information...

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